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Earthquake strikes Guatemala near Mexico border

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake in western Guatemala, near the border with Mexico, has caused damage to homes, triggered landslides across roads and injured at least one person, officials said.

The tremor was centred eight kilometres (five miles) south-west of Tajumulco, Guatemala, about 111 kilometres (69 miles) below the surface, the US Geological Survey reported.

The quake struck at 1.29am local time in the department of San Marcos, west of the capital Guatemala City, near the Mexican border, but was felt throughout the country, Guatemala's emergency co-ordination agency said.

One person was injured in San Sebastian Retalhuelu in southern Guatemala when part of a church collapsed, the country's National Civil Police said.

Volunteer firefighter Julio Sanchez said the man, who was passing by the church when the earthquake struck, was receiving care.

Authorities reported several departments, or states, without electricity.

Across the border in Chiapas, Mexico, governor Manuel Velasco said via Twitter that there were reports of cracked walls and shattered windows in Huixtla, but so far no injuries.

The state's Civil Protection authorities said the quake was felt throughout the state.

There was no tsunami warning.



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